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McCarty, Teresa L.; Dick, Galena Sells – 1996
This paper discusses the contribution of school-based mother-tongue literacy to the maintenance and renewal of endangered languages, with Navajo as the case in point. Although Navajo claims the most speakers among U.S. indigenous languages, the absolute number and relative proportion of Navajo speakers have declined drastically in the last 30…
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Educational Practices
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Mose, Peter Nyakundi – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2019
Bilingualism characterizes people in linguistically heterogeneous settlements like Nairobi among other urban centres in Kenya. But the country is also predominantly rural (where you find people of a common language settled in one geographical rural region) in which mother tongues are primary means of communication. Children in lower primary in…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), African Languages, Native Language
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Manan, Syed Abdul; David, Maya Khemlani – Language and Education, 2014
This study critically examines the literacy levels of undergraduate students in Pakistan to compare and contrast the proficiency levels, particularly reading and writing of their mother tongues versus Urdu and English, and to study real and perceived vitality of local/regional mother tongues vis-à-vis Urdu and English. The research investigated…
Descriptors: Native Language, Literacy, Foreign Countries, Urdu
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Piper, Benjamin; Zuilkowski, Stephanie S.; Ong'ele, Salome – Comparative Education Review, 2016
Research in sub-Saharan Africa investigating the effect of mother tongue (MT) literacy instruction at medium scale is limited. A randomized controlled trial of MT literacy instruction was implemented in 2013 and 2014 as part of the Primary Math and Reading (PRIMR) Initiative in Kenya. We compare the effect of two treatment groups--the base PRIMR…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Native Language, Literacy Education, Native Language Instruction
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Caffery, Jo; Coronado, Gabriela; Hodge, Bob – Language Policy, 2016
This article looks at multilingual, mother-tongue-based language policies influenced by colonial and postcolonial histories and globalization processes. We use multiscalar analysis to show these policies as creative responses to problems affected by national and international forces. Our study focuses on Timor-Leste, specifically a pilot…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language Planning, Foreign Policy, History
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Robinson, Clinton – Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 2016
Linguistic diversity characterizes many countries with large literacy needs. Meeting these needs will require a multilingual approach based on learning initial literacy in the learner's mother tongue, with other languages used subsequently. This article identifies five major challenges in implementing multilingual programmes and traces the…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Educational Policy, Languages, Multilingualism
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Ganuza, Natalia; Hedman, Christina – Applied Linguistics, 2019
This study investigates if participation in mother tongue instruction (henceforth MTI) impacts the biliteracy proficiency of young bilinguals, drawing on examples from Somali-Swedish bilinguals and Somali MTI in a Swedish school context. In the study, biliteracy was operationalized as reading proficiency and vocabulary knowledge in two languages,…
Descriptors: Native Language Instruction, Swedish, Reading Comprehension, Correlation
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van Staden, Surette; Bosker, Roel; Bergbauer, Annika – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study utilised regression methods to explain Grade 4 reading literacy achievement taking into account discrepancies between the language of the test and home language for learners who participated in the South African preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011. Grade 4 learners were tested across all 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Dahm, Rebecca; De Angelis, Gessica – International Journal of Multilingualism, 2018
The present study examines the multilingual benefit in relation to language learning and mathematical learning. The objective is to assess whether speakers of three or more languages, depending on language profile and personal histories, show significant advantages in language learning and/or mathematical learning, and whether mother tongue…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Role, French, Literacy
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Shepherd, Debra Lynne – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2018
The regional and cultural closeness of Botswana and South Africa, as well as differences in their political histories and language policy stances, offers a unique opportunity to evaluate the role of language in reading outcomes. This study aims to empirically test the effect of exposure to mother tongue and English instruction on the reading…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Achievement, Grade 4, Native Language
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Joaquim, Guerra – World Journal on Educational Technology: Current Issues, 2017
We live undoubtedly in a digital era in which younger people have more technological knowledge and use technology more than older people who mostly must adapt their lives and practices, learning how, why, and when to use digital tools. In schools, this gap is visible if we compare the curricula for teaching the Portuguese mother tongue and…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Native Language, Technological Literacy, Portuguese
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Opoku-Amankwa, Kwasi; Brew-Hammond, Aba – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2011
How do teachers define literacy, and how do their perceptions influence their approach to the teaching and learning of literacy? These and other questions relating to literacy generally formed the focus of this ethnographic case study in two urban public primary schools in Ghana. The paper also considers teachers' views on mother tongue literacy.…
Descriptors: Native Language, Bilingual Education, Foreign Countries, Reading Ability
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Egilmez, Nigar Ipek – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2018
The current study aims to reveal the similarities and differences by comparing the mother tongue teaching curriculums implemented at the middle school level in Turkey and England in terms of "their structure, objectives, learning areas and learning outcomes." The current study employed the survey model used to reveal the subject of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Native Language Instruction, Middle Schools, Cultural Differences
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan; La Morgia, Francesca – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
Drawing on theories of family language policy and literacy environment, this inquiry explores and describes how family language policy is managed through literacy resources and literacy related activities in transnational families in the UK. A total of 66 families, each with at least one child between the age of 2 and 8, participated in this…
Descriptors: Native Language, Family Environment, Italian, Urdu
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Ganuza, Natalia; Hedman, Christina – Language and Education, 2015
This article focuses on the pedagogical beliefs, practices and ideological assumptions of 15 teachers who work with mother tongue instruction in Sweden. Despite support through provisions in Swedish laws, mother tongue instruction is clearly a marginalized subject, not least due to its non-mandatory status, the limited time allocated for it and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Native Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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